On Monday I will have surgery
on my right, dominant, hand to cure the carpal tunnel that has caused pain and numbness in that hand and arm. My right hand and arm will be immobilized for several weeks.
It will be an adjustment doing things one-handed, but I will appreciate having the pain and numbness gone.
In preparation, I have been getting as much two-handed work done around the house as I can -- scrubbing, laundry, changing bed linens, and so on.
Today, as I mowed the lawns, my back injury caused cramps but I kept walking behind the mower
and thought of all the people who had no legs and couldn't walk. After I finished, I rested outside in the breeze reading a book
and thought how thankful I was that I could read when so many others couldn't read or could not even see.
Isn't it easy for us to go through our days whining about our aches and inconveniences -- I've done my share -- but when we think of the big picture how grateful are we really?
Most of us can walk, talk, and see; we can hear, have both of our hands and legs and feet. We have food to eat (and post pictures of here on SP). We have computers
, smart phones, televisions.
But how often are we truly thankful for all of the gifts with which we have been blessed?
My inconvenience starting in two days will remind me of all of those who are not as blessed and I will say a prayer for them and for me, for all I have been given.